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Apr 21
Rudolf Buchbinder
Rudolf Buchbinder grew up in a house with a piano, despite the fact that no one in his family played music. That piano became a source of inspiration for Buchbinder, who has grown up to have a tremendous career as a pianist. We'll hear him play Beethoven on Monday's Performance Today.
Apr 19
Sergey Khachatryan
Sergey Khachatryan is a 28-year-old violinist who says he has two lives: his love for cars, and his love for music. On this weekend's Performance Today we'll focus on his musical life, and we'll hear him play Sibelius' dramatic violin concerto in concert in Sydney, Australia.
Apr 18
Candle
In many churches around the world tonight marks the second of three days of Tenebrae, the service of shadows. On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear a piece inspired by these religious services.
Apr 17
Orlando di Lasso
Over the centuries, a wealth of music has been written for the week before Easter. On Thursday's Performance Today we'll hear music designed specifically for Thursday of this week, including a remarkable composition by Orlando di Lasso.
Apr 16
Sergey Khachatryan
Sergey Khachatryan is a 28-year-old violinist who says he has two lives: his love for cars, and his love for music. On Wednesday's Performance Today we'll focus on his musical life, and we'll hear him play Sibelius' dramatic violin concerto in concert in Sydney, Australia.
Apr 15
Charlie Albright
On Tuesday's Performance Today we'll catch up with a former PT Young Artist, pianist Charlie Albright. Plus we'll speak with composer John Luther Adams, who just won this year's Pulitzer Prize for music.
Apr 14
Andromeda's colorful rings
When American composer Aaron Jay Kernis wrote "Musica Celestis," he had in mind the ethereal sound of music from more than 800 years ago. On Monday's Performance Today we'll hear Kernis' celestial composition from a concert by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Apr 12
The Danish String Quartet
On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll hear Danish folk tunes arranged and performed by members of the Danish String Quartet. Plus we'll travel to Shakespeare's hometown to hear the Orchestra of the Swan give a graceful performance of a Schumann symphony.
Apr 11
Jack Kerouac
Bryce Dessner is a member of a successful rock band called The National. But he's also a performer and composer in the classical tradition. On Friday's Performance Today we'll speak with composer Bryce Dessner about his latest work, which was inspired by the writings of Jack Kerouac.
Apr 10
Super Mario Bros.
On Thursday's Performance Today, Emily Reese of Top Score joins Fred in the studio to discuss the classical roots of modern video game music.
Apr 9
Richard Strauss
Depending on your point of view, Richard Strauss' Ein Heldenleben is either pompous, self-congratulatory excess or brilliant Romantic satire. On Wednesday's Performance Today we'll hear a performance of this piece from Helsinki, Finland. Plus, Bruce Adolphe has this week's Piano Puzzler.
Apr 8
The Danish String Quartet
On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear Danish folk tunes arranged and performed by members of the Danish String Quartet.
Apr 7
Aisslinn Nosky
Aisslinn Nosky is a Canadian violinist who loves music from the 1700s. Despite her passion for traditional music, her signature look is anything but traditional. Nosky's trademark is her is hair, which is bright maraschino red and often kept short and spiky. It's a bold look that goes back to when she had to dye her hair for a role as a punk violinist in a TV commercial. On Monday's Performance Today we'll hear Nosky in her PT solo debut, playing Haydn's Violin Concerto in G Major.
Apr 5
Sunrise
There are a few graceful, bursting sunrises in music. One by Richard Strauss, which became the iconic soundtrack for the film "2001: A Space Odyssey." And there's one in the ballet "Daphnis and Chloe" by Maurice Ravel. On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll hear a new musical sunrise by American composer John Mackey: "Aurora Awakes."
Apr 4
Ecstatic Music Festival
Every week on Performance Today we feature music written in the 21st century. On Friday's show we'll highlight a performance from the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York, which brings together musicians from diverse musical genres.
Apr 3
Pablo de Sarasate
Our current Young Artist in Residence is double bass virtuoso TianYang Liu. On Thursday's Performance Today he'll play his own arrangement of a violin showpiece: Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen. It's hard enough to play on the violin, but it's practically impossible on double bass. Liu and his flying fingers, however, are more than up to the challenge!
Apr 2
Double bass
Coming up on Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll explore the lyrical voice of the double bass with our new Young Artist in Residence: virtuoso double bassist TianYang Liu.
Apr 1
Audio cassette tape
When pianist Jonathan Biss was a child, he adored Mozart's 22nd concerto. He even listened to a favorite recording of the concerto so many times that he wore out the tape! Coming up on Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear Biss play music he adores.